1992-1996 - President of McCarthy and Co., an investment banking firm.
1997-2009 - US Senator (R-NE). Retires after two terms.
2009-present - Professor of National Governance in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
January 7, 2013 - Is nominated to be secretary of Defense.
February 14, 2013 - Senate Democrats fail to get enough votes to end debate on Hagel's confirmation. Fifty-eight vote to move forward with the nomination, while 40 vote to hold it up.
February 26, 2013 - Hagel is confirmed by the Senate, after a vote of 58-41.